The Tale of The Transports
The Transports Live
Norfolk Chronicle

1977 The Original
- Cast List
- Track List

2004 Peters Friends
- Cast List
- Track List

Track Notes

The first fleet
- The Saga of The First Fleet
- The First Fleet Lists
- Websites


The Free Reed “Revival Masters” Box-set of Peter Bellamy’s masterpiece Ballad Opera ‘The Transports - The Silver Edition Box-Set’ (FRDCD 2122), is to be released on 29th March 2004 Free Reed.

March is Transports Month!

It’s just over 25 years since the release of Peter Bellamy’s masterwork “The Transports - a Ballad Opera” - a work that is now recognised as one of the true masterpieces of the Folk Revival.

Bellamy’s masterwork, unavailable for some time, is now released as a 2-CD/Book/Box-set 25th anniversary ‘Silver Edition’ of the ballad opera, on Free Reed’s Revival Masters box set label.

Its 1977 vinyl release was voted ‘Folk LP of the year’ and 25 years on, it’s still way up there, recently in:

  • MoJo Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Recordings of the 20th Century'
  • BBC 2’s “Best folk albums of the 20th century”!

CD1 of this lavish Silver Edition box-set features the remastered original 1977 recordings, performed by singers who are a veritable time-capsule of the front rank of the 1970s folk revival

  • Martin Carthy, Nic Jones
  • Mike & Norma Waterson
  • A L Lloyd, June Tabor
  • Cyril Tawney, Dave Swarbrick and many more)

The set’s second CD ‘The Transports 2004 - Peter’s Friends’ is all new recordings by many of Peter’s close friends who have revisited and reinterpreted his classic Transports songs, and their startling performances feature as CD2 of the set. Performers include:

  • Coope Boyes & Simpson, John Kirkpatrick, Steve Tilston
  • Fairport Convention and Fairport’s Simon Nicol and Chris Leslie.
  • Grace Notes, Witches of Elswick, Tom McConville
  • Pete Morton, Damien Barber, and Bacca Pipes folk club.

The Set’s fine 136-page book details the History of the First Fleet and of the English ‘Transported Convicts’. There’s a full discography, detailed artist biographies of both the 1977 and 2004 casts, with reminiscences, many interviews, and a Recording The Transports rare picture archive of Tony Fisher’s previously unpublished photographs of the1977 sessions.

Free Reed are proud to make one of the classics of British recorded folk music available again, and to keep the memory of Peter Bellamy and of his epic creation at the forefront of our musical heritage.